"I’d ask a question and somehow that would become a trending topic where people would say: ‘Hlomla hates women’ or ‘Hlomla speaks against single parent homes’ or ‘Hlomla hates illegal African immigrants'. A lot of the time it takes too much effort to explain what I meant or wanted to say.
“By then, people are hurt or don’t even want to hear what you have to say. So, often I tread carefully with how I structure things.”
Away from the cameras, Dandala's greatest gift has been being a proud father to his five children. He always strives to be as present as possible and a loving partner that loves to his best ability. He considers fatherhood to have been one of the grounding aspects that helped him remain firm and steadfast on his goals.
“I am a better person because of my kids. They bring meaning to what I do every day and are my motivation to never stop doing what I do," he says.
Dandala is taking on a different role in new Netflix action thriller Justice Served, which he says he drew inspiration for his character from Julius Malema and Che Guevara.
“I play freedom fighter and military veteran Azania Maqoma, who’s the leader of the Nomore tribe who’s very fearless and is all about justice. The Nomore are a freedom-fighting group that tend to be misunderstood as terrorists. Azania comes from the olden version of what SA used to be… he then takes an executive decision to bring justice to the country," he shares.
“Playing the role of Azania was very challenging... yet quite thrilling. Normally, as an actor you’re given the role of the dad or the cheating partner, so to play a character where you’re not 100 % sure how it’s going to turn out was a journey of discovery for me which was both frightening and exciting.
“I channelled all the freedom fighters who were aware of themselves and their cause in society.”